Ditching Anthropomorphization Made Me a Better Human

If you had to reduce me to a laundry list of personality traits, “good with animals” would be up somewhere near the top of that list. I love animals. I am one of those people that say that they like animals better than people. While I currently work as a private dog groomer, I have had experience with a wide range of domestic and exotic animals. Most people consider the ease with which I work with a wide range of animals a gift. Although I have been constantly surrounded by pets and wild animals since my childhood, I have only … Continue reading Ditching Anthropomorphization Made Me a Better Human

The 2011 Sweden Study on Transgender Criminality is Flawed for More Reasons Than You’d Think

Articles have been written before about the 2011 study on transgender criminality which seems to “prove” that transgender women are just as prone to sexual assault as cisgender men. One of the researchers, Dr. Ceclia Dhejene, has already responded to those claims and stated that the research actually shows that health care for transgender people has actually gotten better over time and that there was no causal link between “male criminality” and transgender women.

However, the article that contains that interview, while comprehensive and informative, ignores one major factor. The study itself only considered the variable of whether or not the transgender person had SRS as a measure of transition, which leads to a whole bunch of new variables.

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Burn Down The Closets and Those Who Keep Us in Them

So the rumors have already spread about how the Orlando shooter, whose name I have purposefully chosen to omit, was a regular at the Pulse bar and kept a profile on a gay dating app. His behavior was irregular and unstable. He mentioned to the other patrons that he had a wife and child. He drank heavily and was aggressive toward the other patrons. He was heavily closeted, and heavily homophobic.

The reactions to the news have been mixed and troubling. Many feel as if the community will suffer as a result, that this will lead to many people blaming the LGBT community for, what to them, seems to be our own issue. The idea that our identity is the product of mental illness or inherent sin has been perpetuated for generations to the point where, in many people’s minds, these two concepts are inexplicably intertwined. However, the truth is more complicated than that.

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Even The FBI Doesn’t Think She’s Asking For It: How Criminal Profiling Disproves the Myth of the Perfect Victim

The concept of women asking for assault – whether that assault be anything ranging from verbal assault to rape and murder – is a common trope perpetuated by both the media and cultural lore. As a result of this trope, … Continue reading Even The FBI Doesn’t Think She’s Asking For It: How Criminal Profiling Disproves the Myth of the Perfect Victim

Teach Girls to Be Independent, Not Dependent on Men

In a cultural environment increasingly focused on aesthetics, where girls are told not to do things at the risk of damaging their real social capital – their looks – they are ultimately set up for dependency on men for the rest of their lives. ————– Growing up as a gender non-conforming girl is difficult, as you are constantly fighting societal expectations as to how a girl should act but how a girl should look. Boys are rarely chastised for putting themselves in dangerous situations the way that girls are, whether intentionally through participation in accident-prone leisure activities (sports, hobbies) or … Continue reading Teach Girls to Be Independent, Not Dependent on Men